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GMC finds paediatrician guilty of abusing his position

BMJ 2004; 328 doi: (Published 17 June 2004) Cite this as: BMJ 2004;328:1455
  1. Owen Dyer
  1. London

    The General Medical Council ruled this week that the evidence against paediatrician David Southall was “not insufficient” to support a finding of serious professional misconduct, which in lay parlance amounts to a finding of guilt.

    The council's professional conduct committee adjourned until August, when it will hear pleas in mitigation and decide whether or not to strike him off the medical register.

    The case against Professor Southall of North Staffordshire Hospital centred on allegations that he accused a father of murdering his child solely on the basis of having seen the father interviewed in a television documentary.

    Professor Dennis McDevitt, chairman of the GMC's professional conduct committee, said that Professor Southall had abused his position. The committee ruled that Professor Southall's actions were …

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